Greetings from the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore and other points west. All the Forest Parkers on the bus send their love to you back home. As usual Bev Thompson has done a super job organizing this group and we’re having a great time (I write this about four days before we have even left, so I hope I’m not jinxing anything).

Jill Fink, daughter of Janet and Gary Fink and precious, beloved, etc. granddaughter of May and the late Bob Bill competed in the Lake Geneva Extreme Sports Triathlon in the Olympic Class recently. Jill swam one mile, biked for twenty-six miles and ran six and one half miles!!! I’m tired thinking about it. Jill’s time for all this activity was 3 hours, 47 minutes and 53 seconds. The family is really proud of Jill. Especially grandma.

Coming soon to your favorite bookstore, on November 4 and 5 is “Meeting of Minds” (a la the old Steve Allen show for those of you old enough to remember) as a part of their 15th anniversary celebration Centuries and Sleuths, with Augie Aleksy acting as moderator, will host John Rice as Edward R. Murrow, Tracy Aleksy as Nellie Bly, John Kearney as Ben Franklin and Madelin Moon, as Ida B. Wells, who will discuss events of today as those giants of history would have dealt with them.

On November 4th and 5th a special anniversary celebration will feature many surprises including authors, signings, refreshments and more at 8 p.m. in the bookstore.

Speedy get well wishes to Chuck Brod who is enjoying his new right knee so much he’s going to try it again with his left knee.

On Saturday, October 1st St. John will honor Chuck Brod with a reception and dinner at 6:00 in the school gym. On Sunday all St. John members, alumni, and guests are invited to attend the 8:30 a.m. worship service and following the service there will be a courtyard reception for Chuck and his family. Along with the honors due Chuck Brod, Saint John’s itself will be celebrating 135 years of serving the Lutheran community of Forest Park. This is the Sunday morning service, 8:30 am with reception following. Call 366-2764 for information and/or reservations.

While we’re at St. John’s let us recognize music director Paul Lindblad and his famous Oak Park Concert Chorale celebrating 25 years of bringing music to the community. The 25th anniversary celebration banquet will be held at the Carlton on Friday, October 14th, 7:30 p.m. We can’t mention the chorale without the name of the late, ever-lamented Victor Hildner, founder of the chorale and former conductor of the Oak Park Symphony Chorus. Forest ParkerJeff Kiel sings with the chorale and has soloed many times as well. For information about the celebration phone (708) 383-4742.

On September 28 happy birthday to Lorien Menhennett and anniversary greetings to Rev. Tom and Bobbe Holmes; on the 29th Sydney Mangiaracina, Roy Sansone, Laura Zimmer (again?), Michael Clifton, Kimberly O’Shea, get a happy birthday and Art and Diane McGrath celebrate another anniversary; on September 30 happy birthday to Abigail Childs, Pat Falbo, Sawyer Paeth, Candy Doss Kowarguh, Ed Lambke and Maryann and Jim Blazek get a happy anniversary; October 1 already and a happy birthday to Mike O’Connor on the 2nd happy anniversary to Gus and Marie Scolero and birthday greetings to Diane Rice; October 3rd and happy birthday to Paul Jargstorf; on the 4th of October birthday greetings to Robert Mintz and second anniversary greetings to Jody ands Sandi Tron. On October 5, Theresa Lovasich, Nick Mangiaracina and Nathan Johnson all get a birthday hug.

Remember the white elephant sale at the community center on Saturday, October 1st from 9 am til 3 pm. Proceeds to benefit CUinFP.

Jackie Schulz

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...